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Headlines for Sunday, December 27, 2015


Cleanup of Coveted Development Site Continues

DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) _ The U.S. Army is preparing to resume work removing pollutants on a 15-square-mile tract that's considered the largest potentially developable chunk of land in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but the project is expected to take far longer than officials had envisioned. The Kansas City Star reports the cleanup was supposed to have been finished three years ago.  Kansas and Johnson County officials see the property as key to growth along the Kansas 10 corridor linking Johnson County with Lawrence.  


New Program for Developmentally Disabled Will Open in Fall


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A new University of Kansas program that begins next fall will give a handful of students with intellectual disabilities a chance to take classes at the school for the first time. The KU Transition to Postsecondary Education for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities program is being funded through a $1.5 million, five year federal grant. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the experience will look much like it does in K through 12 education, where youths with disabilities such as Down Syndrome or autism are mainstreamed.  Special education associate professor Mary Morningstar says the students will be fully integrated in all aspects of university life. She expects five to eight participants in the first year.  


Weekend Blizzard Predicted for Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ The National Weather Service says a ``historic blizzard'' could hit Amarillo, Lubbock and other parts of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles this weekend. Forecasters say the Panhandle could get 6 to 15 inches of snow, with higher amounts possible in pockets of the region Sunday. High winds could drive wind chill factor as low as 10 below zero and cause snow drifts several feet high through Monday.


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